Ivan’s Blog

SOMETIMES THE WORLD ISN’T READY

SOMETIMES THE WORLD ISN’T READY

I talk a lot, much more than I should, most of the time more than I should. Speaking less and listening more is one of my more elusive traits. I continue to try and strike a better balance between listening and speaking but at best I am a work in progress. I possess a...

GET SERIOUS

GET SERIOUS

I am constantly reminded to take things easy and not to sweat the small stuff. I even recall a very successful book with the same title some years ago. There is no shortage of social media posts either. You know the kind that combine corny worded images with a sad...

CALMNESS

CALMNESS

I work with a colleague who is the embodiment of what it means to be calm. I have been in a number of meetings with her, and I don’t think I have ever seen her losing her cool, ever. She listens carefully and responds with well thought out questions while I am trying...

NO RESPONSE

NO RESPONSE

It came as a big surprise to me when I realised that I don’t have to respond to everything I hear, see or experience. One would think that we would know this, but we get sucked into a world that never shuts up and has primed us with useless rewards to constantly act –...

THE DAY THE WORLD FORGOT

THE DAY THE WORLD FORGOT

As you may or may not be aware, I am a huge cycling fanatic. As I steam up our local hills in my stretched lycra pants, I will admit, I am not necessarily holding my breath to be called to ride in a pro-tour. But there are guys who can and did all of that many times...

VACCINATION

VACCINATION

Finally, after many months of remaining indoors, and only nipping to town for the essentials, I was beginning to think we are slowly winning the fight against Covid. This was last year (2020), then the second variant struck at around Christmas. I know because my...

PUT YOUR HAND UP!

PUT YOUR HAND UP!

I was fascinated by school. From day 1 I enjoyed learning new things and making my teacher happy. I had a strict upbringing, and my mother was especially hard on me when it got to my personal neatness and the state of my ripped shirts. We played running-red-rovers...

TENACITY

TENACITY

Two things kind of happened at the same time; the Tour de France started on the Saturday, and another adjusted Level 4 lockdown was announced by the president on the Sunday, this time with his iPad safely in front of him. While these two events seem to share no...

A TIME TO COME AND A TIME TO GO

A TIME TO COME AND A TIME TO GO

Part of my morning routine is to watch documentaries as I brush my teeth and shave. It gets my mind working and I have expanded my general knowledge on a host of topics over the years. But today I opted for a different option, I saw a post on Instagram about Conan...

THE LOST ART OF THE BOUNDARY

THE LOST ART OF THE BOUNDARY

Like many companies all over the world, a close friend told me, they had to move their entire staff compliment to work from their private homes. With the help of clever tools, they had to conduct their weekly meetings, important discussions, employee interviews and...

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